The D-Day Story Collection


A 'Rupert' Dummy parachutist, made out of Hessian material. 'Ruperts' were dropped behind German lines on D-Day to confuse the Germans about the location and true extent of the Allied airborne landings. During Operation Titanic, Ruperts were used to provide a decoy to cover the real D-Day landings. In the early hours of 6 June a force of 40 aircraft dropped 500 dummies in four separate locations along the french coastal interior. The wartime history of this dummy is not known, but it is assumed to have been made in 1944. See 1990/703 for printed instructions.

Location: On display at The D-Day Story

body of dummy

Reference: 1985/20